"In the age of the internet, the average life expectancy of a government lie can be clocked with an egg timer!" -- Michael Rivero

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Russia and China are shaping global politics while the US dominates its partners across the Atlantic, leaving European countries as mere passengers

The meeting of Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Moscow last week was met with predictable accusations in Western circles that Moscow was becoming “subservient” or even a “vassal” of Beijing.

Despite the fact that initially Poland intended to transfer 28 MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine, and later, due to the lack of coordination of such actions with Germany, announced the transfer of only 20 combat aircraft to Ukraine, this morning it became known that the supply of MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine and completely canceled.

What exactly caused such a decision is still unknown, however, in all likelihood, the reason was the disagreement on compensation to Warsaw for such supplies from NATO.

The European Union is developing proposals on what to do with assets of the Russian central bank that were seized by member states. According to European officials, the bloc may invest the money and give the returns to Ukraine. 

After Austria and Hungary, Bulgaria has also joined the minority group of European Union countries that refuse to send weapons to Ukraine, news and opinion portal Mandiner reports. Bulgaria has declared that it will not take part in the EU’s joint ammunition purchase program, nor will it supply fighter jets or tanks to Ukraine, Euronews reports. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is under enormous pressure from opposition parties, but he has said he stands by his position.
A new, historically unprecedented defense pact has been signed by Scandinavian countries which is sure to evoke the anger of Moscow, at a moment NATO is on the cusp of admitting at least one of the countries (Finland) as a new member. Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland have issued a joint declaration, stating their intent to combine their air defenses, to the point of their respective air forces joining into a single fighting unit.
Italy BANS insects from pasta and pizza MikeRivero Mon, 03/27/2023 - 15:37

The Italian government has announced several decrees to crack down on the use of insects and bugs in Italian cuisine.

Don’t mess with Italians and their food. They will not be happy.

They take their food very seriously. And with good reason. I have been there many times and the food is amazing.

Just a normal food item like bread with ham and cheese tastes so much better than in other countries. I don’t know what it is, but they sure do something right. I suspect it has to do with fresh ingredients with no chemical additives.

Italy said the operations of its navy and coast guard in the Mediterranean are obstructed by NGOs as the flow of migrants to the country grows, local media reported on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said these concerns should be taken seriously.

Rescue ship Louise Michel was detained over the weekend in the Mediterranean port city of Lampedusa by Greek authorities.

"It is Italy that is under attack, not the NGOs,” said Salvini, adding that “immigration to Italy cannot be regulated by private bodies funded by foreign countries.”

NATO is launching a new investment fund worth €1 billion, which is expected to be officially activated at NATO’s annual summit in July. The fund aims to militarize the civil sector by using the knowledge and skills of manufacturers, scientific institutions, and start-ups to develop technology with military and defence applications.


The Florence museum housing Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece the David invited parents and students from a Florida charter school to visit after complaints about a lesson featuring the statue forced the principal to resign.

Florence Mayor Dario Nardella also tweeted an invitation for the principal to visit so he can personally honour her. Confusing art with pornography is "ridiculous," Nardella said.